"The Queen's Gambit" star Anya Taylor-Joy has been doing pretty well for herself during the pandemic. She even won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics' Choice Award for her performance in the hit Netflix show. And now, she'll be dancing the night away in her new psychological horror flick "Last Night in Soho." Anya Taylor-Joy has certainly taken on some interesting roles to date, but this could be one of her craziest movies yet. To help showcase some of her previous work, we've picked out three Anya Taylor-Joy movies that you should check out before "Last Night in Soho," which is in theaters this weekend.
Acting opposite a crazed James McAvoy, newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy showed audiences that she can hang with the big dogs. Taylor-Joy holds her own by constantly trying to outsmart and negotiate with the various personalities that McAvoy's character lets loose during the film. It's impressive to be able to act like you have 20+ different personalities. But it's also noteworthy to be able to respond to those varying personalities. And adjust the way you're talking to each of them in order to get what you want.
Anya Taylor-Joy takes on a very different role in this flick in which she and her emotionless friend (played by Olivia Cooke) plot a murder. We see Taylor-Joy's seemingly innocent character slowly develop into a sociopath. She wouldn't even entertain the idea of killing her stepdad when Cooke's character first brings it up. But the more these girls continue to weigh their options, the more this dream scenario becomes a reality. As these girls take steps towards finally committing the crime, they both start to rub off on each other. Looking at Anya Taylor-Joy's character from beginning to end, it's clear to see that she's a different person now.
Taylor-Joy's breakthrough role was in this Robert Eggers-directed film. She plays the daughter in a family of English settlers. After several unfortunate incidents result in the serious injury and death of certain family members, she's accused of being a witch. This downward spiral of events and conflicts has Anya Taylor-Joy's character constantly on edge. She feels the wrath of her religious family, answering for sins which she isn't even responsible for. We get to see the limits that Taylor-Joy pushes herself past to reach an extremely heightened emotional state. And we can easily see how her acting chops have gotten her to where she is today.
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